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BIKE RIDERS THANK SKYKOMISH RESIDENTS
June 25, 2011
(MONROE, WA) -- Editor’s Note: We received the following letter from Scott Umstattd Friday. In addition to posting it in our Letters section, we thought we’d share it with you here.
Old Skykomish Hotel as it looked in March 2009. Chronicel photo. CLICK TO ENLARGE
On June 13, a group of bicyclists came through Skykomish on a journey and a mission. The journey is taking these riders from Seattle, Washington to Washington, D.C. throughout the summer months of 2011.
The mission that ignites this journey is to raise awareness about the unhealthy, unproductive and sometimes deplorable living conditions that affect people throughout the United States and the world. The mission of these riders goes beyond simply raising awareness.
In the four years that the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure has taken place nearly $500,000 has been raised to address such living conditions through the work of The Fuller Center for Housing, a nonprofit ecumenical Christian organization based in Americus, Ga., with dozens of covenant partners in America and worldwide.
Our group of more than 30 riders encountered God’s grace and love as seen through the churches, businesses and people of Skykomish.
We were housed at the Mason's Lodge, where we were treated to a delicious home-cooked meal by residents. A resident also generously offered to clean our clothes, and the local school opened its doors to allow our riders to shower. In addition to those whose support we have referenced, we would like to thank those who support them.
Our journey and mission is called The Fuller Center Bike Adventure for a reason.
There are times when our group is riding into a community without finalized plans with regard to dinner or accommodations and yet, without fail, we are afforded a great gift and opportunity to see God’s grace in a very tangible way. Without the support of people and organizations like we experienced in Skykomish, our adventure, our mission would never succeed.
With all respect and love,
The Fuller Center Bike Adventure Team
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